Walt Disney Imagineering has filed a new permit for work on Country Bear Musical Jamboree, the new show that will replace the current Country Bear Jamboree at Magic Kingdom. The Country Bear Jamboree will close later this month and the Country Bear Musical Jamboree is scheduled to open this summer.
Country Bear Musical Jamboree
The permit is for new audio/visual equipment at Grizzly Hall, the theater home to the Country Bears. Imagineering has contracted InterAmerica Stage, Inc. for the work. InterAmerica has previously worked with Disney on several EPCOT reimagining projects, including Guardians of the Galaxy: Cosmic Rewind and Spaceship Earth lighting.
The reimagined attraction, first announced during Destination D23 last September, is inspired by the musical revues of Nashville. The Country Bears will reinterpret Disney songs “in different genres of country music, including bluegrass, pop-country, Americana, rockabilly,” and more.
The Country Bear Musical Jamboree will include references to the original show. Disney also teased that at least one song will remain.
“While the Country Bear Musical Jamboree will include easter eggs from the beginning to the end including a familiar tune fans may remember”Disney Parks Blog
Watch a behind-the-scenes video about recording a version of “The Bare Necessities” for the Country Bear Musical Jamboree:
The Country Bear Jamboree was an opening day attraction at Magic Kingdom on October 1, 1971. A Disneyland version opened the next year and permanently closed in 2001. The Tokyo Disneyland version opened in 1983 and remains running.